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Kirsten Powers: Maybe Ed Schultz is the racist (Video)
Hot Air ^ | August 21,2011 | ED MORRISSEY

Posted on 08/21/2011 12:06:14 PM PDT by Hojczyk

“It’s just insane,” Fox News analyst and Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers tells a Fox audience after watching the clip of Ed Schultz accusing Rick Perry of being a racist for using the phrase “big black cloud,” by which Schultz claimed Perry meant Barack Obama. Schultz later apologized for the selective editing of the clip, but Powers isn’t satisfied with Schultz’ selective retreat that pointedly didn’t walk back the allegation of racism. Powers offers a dog-whistle argument right back at the MSNBC host, saying that Schultz’ assumption that “big black cloud” referred to Obama shows that it’s Schultz who’s the real racist, not Perry.

I think Powers is onto something here, and not necessarily the status of Schultz’ racism quotient. The only way that we put this racism meme into its well-deserved and long-overdue grave is to point out that these assumptions themselves are built on prejudicial thinking. Schultz took a perfectly benign and even somewhat overused turn of phrase (“black cloud”) and immediately associated it with a black man? Obama himself has used a similar phrase, “dark cloud,” in at least one speech about Afghanistan and Pakistan in December 2009, and no one accused Obama of sending a dog-whistle message about either himself or the Pakistanis. Janeane Garofalo assumed that a black man (Herman Cain) couldn’t possibly be thinking for himself if he championed conservative values, and therefore must either be psychologically damaged or paid off. What is that if not a racist point of view — that all black people must have a single ideology just because of the color of their skin?

Allahpundit has lamented the fact that we are going to get this kind of nonsense for the next 15 months. If the Left thinks that they can label every single benign turn of phrase as a dog whistle and every voter turned off by Barack Obama’s terrible performance as a racist, then in 15 months they will be finished as a political force. Kirsten Powers won’t be the last commentator drawing the obvious conclusion from those attacks.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bigblackcloud; edschultz; kirstenpowers

1 posted on 08/21/2011 12:06:16 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Special Ed is a Black Hole of truth.


2 posted on 08/21/2011 12:08:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Hojczyk
Obama is toast..flash mops of blacks and calling all white people who disagree with Obama racist.....will back fire big time..
3 posted on 08/21/2011 12:09:00 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

White liberals who freely throw the “racist” or “bigot” label around like Fast Eddie and Chrissie do so to mask their own prejudices. The defense mechanism of projection.


4 posted on 08/21/2011 12:11:40 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Just when you think the left can't get any loonier . . .)
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To: Hojczyk

It’s really amazing how much low esteem people like Shultz, Mathews and all the rest of these type of entertainers have of themselves.
What else is amazing is how little MSNBC has of themselves.


5 posted on 08/21/2011 12:14:42 PM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: Hojczyk

Being enslaved to Government handouts - is still slavery.

When Herman Cain’s speeches and his biography of success over adversity gain more attention - it will be a revelation.

MLK spoke the to, and of, the many Herman Cains that would see the promised land - they just need to open their own eyes.


6 posted on 08/21/2011 12:16:23 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: Hojczyk
I saw Kirsten Powers make that comment about Ed Schultz being the (latent) racist if he really believed that Rick Perry using the phrase 'black cloud' (of debt) - the two words immediately following that Schultz deliberately cut from the clip to make the case that Governor Perry referred to Barack Obama as a 'black cloud'. Close enough for Schultz, I guess. He must have thought that no one else saw the Perry statement and he could get away with the ham-handed edit. Well, that or Ed Schultz is a moron. I'll take door number two, Monty. Pretty pathetic - but we're talking about Ed Schultz and MSNBC so, as Cole Porter once wrote: "anything goes."
7 posted on 08/21/2011 12:26:27 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Paladin2

But, but, but, these are Kirsten’s people! Ed is liberal!


8 posted on 08/21/2011 12:57:38 PM PDT by macquire
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To: Paladin2

But, but, but, these are Kirsten’s people! Ed is liberal!


9 posted on 08/21/2011 12:57:38 PM PDT by macquire
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To: Hojczyk

It won’t be long before the liberals throw “special ed” under the bus claiming he is no progressive, just a former conservative who called himself a progressive to make a few bucks.

I think we are just a few months from that point. Notice poor old “special ed” no longer gets the Democrat hacks on his radio or tv show like he used to. In fact, poor old “special ed” recently has been complaining that he can’t get “progressive politicians”to come on his radio or tv show.

Reality to SPECIAL ED: there is NO PLACE in the conservative TV or radio land for a conservative gone progressive gone conservative!


10 posted on 08/21/2011 1:03:11 PM PDT by macquire
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"...pointedly didn’t walk back the allegation of racism..."

Aaargghh. You can walk a dog, take a walk, walk the plank, but you can't friggin "walk back" a comment! Same people brought us this nonsense that talk about 'the optics' of an action.

11 posted on 08/21/2011 1:03:39 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: Jim Scott

Actually, it’s not a black cloud, 0bama put us behind the 8-ball ;)
Seriously, methinks Mr. Schultz protests too much.


12 posted on 08/21/2011 1:04:09 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Hojczyk
What is that if not a racist point of view — that all black people must have a single ideology just because of the color of their skin?

I just turned 45 a few months ago and have been saying this since I was in High School.

13 posted on 08/21/2011 1:14:27 PM PDT by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: Paladin2

Kristen is too cute to be a Liberal, but her livelihood is dependent on being one for her Fox gig.


14 posted on 08/21/2011 1:15:56 PM PDT by DAC21
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Oh PLEASE....she’s a HUGE lib. She just gets one thing right.....


15 posted on 08/21/2011 1:19:19 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: DAC21

Oh PLEASE....she’s a HUGE lib. She just gets one thing right.....


16 posted on 08/21/2011 1:19:19 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Hojczyk
Ed is a despicable, unethical human being who like Chris Matthews, who is ready for a straitjacket, believe in their government run socialist utopia by any means.
17 posted on 08/21/2011 1:33:23 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Hojczyk

Every four years, as sure as sunspots, Kirsten Powers tries to act Conservative.


18 posted on 08/21/2011 1:37:03 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: TexasCajun
Ed is just a mean nasty drunk, who beat on his ex wife, shot his dog (while drunk) all fact's available for viewing by just using google.

Typical liberal, angry at the world, and wants to burn it all down. Where hate and anger are festering there is Ed. Wisconsin, DC, and soon the Day of rage in NYC, Ed is there throwing gas, the mouth running, spewing venom.

He is cut from the same cloth as randi rhodes. Liar's, Envious, people with addictions

19 posted on 08/21/2011 2:03:37 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Hojczyk

All Liberals are Racists.


20 posted on 08/21/2011 2:06:46 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: reefdiver

How do we know that Ed’s dog wasn’t despondent wrt his idiot master and just ran out in front of the bullet?


21 posted on 08/21/2011 5:05:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Hojczyk

HOORAY Kirsten! Now if your eyes remain open and your brain remains engaged you should be able to see most all of the tactical “racism” from your deceptive counterparts.


22 posted on 08/21/2011 7:47:51 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Hojczyk

Perry couldn’t have ment Obama, he’s not black.


23 posted on 08/21/2011 8:47:58 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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